Foods Rich in Vitamin A

May 6, 2019
If you want to add foods rich in vitamin A to your diet, you should include orange fruits and vegetables, such as carrots, squash and papaya.

There’s all kinds of foods rich in vitamin A in our fridges. However, you should learn how to identify them so you can get the most out of them. That’s because vitamin A is a very important nutrient for our body. In fact, one of its main functions is maintaining our vision.

In this article, we’ll tell you how to make sure you’re eating enough of this nutrient and how to identify foods rich in vitamin A. Keep reading!

The Characteristics of Vitamin A

Types of vitamin A

Vitamin A comes in two different forms: retinol and carotenes.

Retinol is a form of vitamin A that comes from animal products, while carotenes are a form of this vitamin that are plant origin. 

The Main Functions of Vitamin A

These are some foods rich in vitamin a.

Like we said, vitamin A is very important for several different bodily functions. These include:

  • Helping with vision: It functions to provide us with the substances we need for communication between the optic nerves and the brain.
  • Stimulating the immune system: This is necessary for our body to be able to fight infections.
  • Additionally, vitamin A plays a large role in our skin health. 

Read this article: Four Superfoods for Eye Health

Problems that Cause Vitamin A Deficiency

When someone has a vitamin A deficiency, they may experience the following problems:

  • Nigh blindness or problems seeing in the dark.
  • The immune system may not function as well, which can cause infections, especially in the ears and the urinary tract.

Foods Rich in Vitamin A

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The following foods are rich in vitamin A:

  • Liver, especially from cows and pigs.
  • Carrots are another food that specialists often recommend to help you get enough of this vitamin, especially because they contain beta-carotenes. That’s how they get their characteristic color.
  • Sweet potato also contains a good amount of beta-carotenes.
  • Certain tropical fruits that share the same characteristic orange color as carrots are also great sources of vitamin A. For example, melon, papaya and mango are all great sources of Vitamin A.

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Now that you know all of this, we recommend adding a fresh fruit salad with mango, papaya and melon to your breakfast or dinner. Your body will thank you!

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